Public memorials planned for Channon Christian, Chris Newsom

Public memorials planned for Channon Christian, Chris Newsom

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"We don't want to forget Chris," said Newsom's mother, Mary Newsom. "We don't want to forget Chris," said Newsom's mother, Mary Newsom.
"Until this year that memorial service has been contained to family and real close friends," said Gary Christian. "Until this year that memorial service has been contained to family and real close friends," said Gary Christian.
The first memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Chris Newsom's grave. The first memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Chris Newsom's grave.
The next memorial will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. where Channon Christian is buried. The next memorial will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. where Channon Christian is buried.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Monday will mark six years since the brutal murders of a young Knoxville couple and the start of a traumatic chapter for their families and the community.

Family and friends will hold a memorial services for victims Channon Christian and Chris Newsom on Sunday and Monday.

The events have been private in previous years, but this time Chris and Channon's parents are opening them up to the public.

"We don't want to forget Chris," said Newsom's mother, Mary Newsom. "Chris was a good kid. He was a great person."

"After six years we still don't have justice for those kids," said Newsom's father, Hugh Newsom. "We haven't had a life in six years."

Gary Christian, the father of Channon, says there are many things he misses about his daughter.

"I miss her coming down and sitting in my chair, in my lap," said Christian.

Both families say with the pending retrials they need the community's support.

"Until this year that memorial service has been contained to family and real close friends," said Christian. "This year they had a couple of phone calls and they were wanting to open it up to the public with what's all going on with the court cases and everything."

The first memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Chris Newsom's grave at Woodhaven Memorial Garden on Edgemoor Road in Claxton.

The next memorial will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Highland West Memorial Park in West Knoxville where Channon is buried.

"We just need the communities support, continuing support," said Hugh Newsom. "We've have it, but we still need it. Undoubtedly we are not through with the process yet."

If you do decide to come to either memorial the families ask that you please come early so parking can be accommodated before the memorials start. 

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